I gave myself a challenge today and decided to make a weeks worth of meals out of whatever I had on hand. As you can see from the photos, I had a lot of veg and not much else. I did have some lentils and oats so made a lentil loaf and with what was left over, an onion gravy and one of my favourite sides, bubble and squeak.
I seriously love bubble and squeak. It makes me so nostalgic, specifically reminding me of Boxing Day back home. I love it so much that sometimes, I completely ignore the whole point of it and regularly prepare veg just for this dish. See, bubble and squeak is traditionally a way of using leftovers from a Sunday Roast dinner. The potatoes and veg.to be precise. Really it is just taking everything and mashing it together and refrying until you have what looks like a pizza potato! It became really popular during World War 2 when folk had to really conserve their benjamins.
There really is no set recipe here. Instead, it is about getting the correct ratio of potato to veg. You need about 80% veg to 100% potato. In other words, if you are cooking with 1kg of potatoes, which for this dish, would feed about 8 people, then you would need 800g veg. I am doing this for 6 people, so luckily, my potatoes came to 750g and I added some frozen peas to bring my veg to 600g. Bubble works really well with winter veg. You can use carrots, suede, parsnips, turnips, pumpkin, cabbage, peas, anything really. Here, I used carrot, parsnip, cabbage and peas.
If you are using leftovers, like you should, then just go straight to the frying part. If you are doing it from scratch then follow the directions below.
This makes an amazing alternative to mashed potato and although traditionally served as a breakfast, I made this as a main meal and a few lunches for the week.
- 750g, potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
- 600g mixed veg, whatever you want. I used carrot, parsnip, cabbage and peas
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 knob vegan butter
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- salt and pepper
- start by bring a big pot of salted water to boil
- Boil the potatoes, carrot and parsnip for 20 minutes. I added the cabbage and peas after 10 minutes as they need much less time
- Heat a large frying pan over a medium high heat and add the oil and butter
- Drain all the veg and add straight to the pan
- Mash everything as much as you can with a potato masher
- Season with salt and pepper and add the rosemary and thyme
- Flatten the mixture (check the photo above) and fry for about 6 minutes, then roughly toss and repeat the mash and flatten routine. Do this every 6 minutes or so for about 30 minutes. You will end up with really crispy, burnt bits but trust me, they make this dish amazing
- You are ready to serve with whatever the hell you want to serve it with! I had mine with a lentil loaf and gravy but you can have it for breakfast with some scrambled tofu or a vegan sausage. Your choice
Slade “The Very Best Of”
As mentioned, bubble makes me really nostalgic. Particularly for Boxing Day and the whole Christmas period. I have always loved Christmas. I know, at 35 years old, this is really wrong but I don’t care. I love Christmas Songs too. I don’t care, they are amazing!
Everyone knows that the best Christmas Song is ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ by Slade, but what everyone doesn’t realise is, Slade are a really great band. SO much more than the one song. Just check out ‘Cum on feel the noize’ for example. Way ahead of it’s time and to this day, my singing in the shower song.
I do have to admit though, Slade are a greatest hits band for me. Some may frown on that but I care not! This Is a brilliant album. A brilliantly British album that goes perfectly with Bubble and Squeak.
Listen – but do yourself a favour and buy it on vinyl!!
Slade are not on Spotify so just buy the album….